Among the casualties include an armored Toyota Land Cruiser and Chevrolet Suburban.
It's always sad watching expensive cars get senselessly destroyed. In the past, we've seen seized supercars get deliberately destroyed. An illegally imported LaFerrari was sent to the crusher in South Africa a few years ago, and now a Bugatti Veyron could suffer the same fate in Zambia. What you're watching here, however, are armored American embassy cars being crushed in Kazakhstan.
A video recorded by an eyewitness shows several bulletproof Toyota Land Cruisers, a Toyota Hilux pickup truck, a Cadillac DTS, and a Chevrolet Suburban worth millions of dollars being unloaded from flatbed trucks before being crushed by construction vehicles. There's nothing high-tech about this procedure either: Kazakhstan authorities simply use a grabber digger to dismember the cars and turn them into twisted metal.
At one point, an armored Toyota Land Cruiser gets tipped onto its side, but the Chevrolet Suburban proves to be more difficult to destroy as the small grabber digger struggles to get hold of the massive full-size SUV. Eventually, the Suburban is defeated and carried in the air by the digger to be added to the pile of scrap metal.
US diplomats observed the destruction to ensure every vehicle is crushed beyond recognition. All seven vehicles that were demolished appear to be in great condition. They don't seem to have any mechanical issues either, so it isn't known why they were sent to the scrapyard.
However, a likely explanation is that these are decommissioned American embassy cars that needed to be destroyed due to strict US regulations. It's not uncommon for an embassy to destroy its current cars whenever they are replaced with a new fleet because they are custom made with additional protection such as armored bodywork and bulletproof glass.
Consequentially, it's illegal to sell them in the local market and it's too expensive to ship them overseas to sell them in the US, so it's more cost-effective to crush them for recycling purposes.